Apple signs deal with Warner Music, remains far apart with Sony Music

Apple signs deal with Warner Music, remains far apart with Sony Music
On Sunday, Apple signed a deal with Warner Music that gives Apple the rights to stream Warner Music on its widely anticipated streaming music site dubbed iRadio. Apple has been rumored to be rolling out an ad-supported free streaming music site since February when some icons leaked on an Apple iPad running iOS 6.1. But since then, Apple has not been able to sign all of the major music labels whose music it wants to carry. Apple had been playing hardball with the negotiations because of the extra kicker it could offer publishers, a share of the mobile advertising revenue that it plans on collecting. Unlike some of its competition, Apple does not plan on charging consumers for access to the site.

Last month, that was talk that negotiations with Sony and Warner were holding back the launch of the service. Now, with Warner in the fold it apparently is all up to Sony to sign on the dotted line to get the music playing. According to those familiar with the negotiations, Apple gave Warner everything on the publishing end that it and other publishers were seeking, which is 10% of ad revenue. That is twice as much as the amount that Pandora pays and could set the the groundwork for new contracts once the current ones expire.

According to insiders, the talks with the music publishers have dealt with royalty rates, a minimum guarantee in case Apple decides not to run ads right away, and a point when ad revenue is split. Apple's deal with Universal covers songs, not publishing, and Apple remains far apart with Sony. Sources say that without inking those two deals, Apple will not launch the service.

source: WSJ

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11 Comments

1. darkkjedii

Posts: 30686; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Apple you can sign me to a record deal anytime.

7. Mxyzptlk unregistered

ikr Sony is being a bunch of cheapskapes.

9. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Nothing beats Apple, the Lord of Cheapest skapes.

10. darkkjedii

Posts: 30686; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

They'll get on board

2. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

LOL. Looks like SONY got u this time Apple. SONY owns COLUMBIA AND MGM two biggest franchise in the music industry.

5. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Sony would sign when the price is right. In the mean time they should do more high end phone with audiophile audio. Samsung support aptx for all their high end phone.

6. Shatter

Posts: 2036; Member since: May 29, 2013

Sony honami with high end walkman dac/amps built in. 5-inch device- - Walkman audio chip - 5-inch Triluminos touchscreen - 1920 x 1080 pixel resolution - 20MP or 16MP Cyber-shot CMOS camera with Carl Zeiss lens, xenon flash and dual LED - 2.3GHz quad core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor - 2GB of RAM - 2,700mAh to 3,000mAh battery rumored specs for it

11. Atlas

Posts: 158; Member since: Apr 15, 2012

No they have the Walkman brand, the pioneers of portable audio.

3. Zero0

Posts: 592; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

I can't wait for Apple to invent and patent music streaming.

8. Mxyzptlk unregistered

They innovate and improve.

4. pyradark

Posts: 895; Member since: Jun 10, 2012

so that means iRadio would be incomplete bcoz sony is not part of it!!! too bad you wont get to hear any britney and 1D on stream hahaha

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